Tottenham Hotspur have made Danny Ings their top priority this summer, according to the Telegraph’s Matt Law.
It’s thought that new manager Nuno Santo’s preference to deploy a two-man attack next season has led to the North London outfit targeting the Southampton talisman this summer.
The 28-year-old, who turns 29 this month, is out of contract in 12 months time and it could lead to the Saints offloading their star man or risk losing him for nothing.
The Portuguese coach has used plenty of different systems throughout his managerial career but a two-pronged frontline is a frequent occurrence and that proved to be a very lucrative set-up for his former club, Wolves, until last season.
As described by The Athletic’s Tim Spiers, former attacker Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez “combined beautifully” in a 3-5-2 formation – it’s no wonder that dream tailed off when Jota joined Liverpool for an initial £40m in September 2020.
Nuno could be looking to repeat this very partnership, especially as the aforementioned report suggests that Ings would be signed to partner wantaway striker Harry Kane, rather than replace him.
Prior to Euro 2020, stories surfaced linking the England international with an exit, with the 27-year-old talisman said to be wanting a departure this window. And as such, teams like Premier League champions Man City and Champions League winners Chelsea have registered interest.
But this latest development from Law suggests Kane is staying and that Nuno is eyeing up a lethal-looking frontline to get the Lilywhites back on top.
It was only two years ago that they reached the UCL final themselves and even during their worst domestic campaign in over a decade, they still reached the Carabao Cup final.
Ings has proven to be a prolific marksman at this level for several seasons. Southampton also struggled last term but the Englishman still found the net 13 times in all competitions, adding to his tally of 25 a year earlier, via Transfermarkt.
In the past, the former Burnley and Liverpool star has been likened to Robbie Keane, who was quite the hit in North London, whilst Ings has also been dubbed a “monster” and “unbelievable” due to his goalscoring exploits in recent years.
If Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy can broker a deal for the Saints forward, then Nuno could well unearth his next Jota and Jimenez at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Either way, Ings alongside Kane is a mouthwatering prospect for a side that finished seventh last season.
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